Saturday, July 17, 2010

Salad from my Garden!


This is the first 'harvest' from my first-ever garden. Really, I just had to thin the lettuce, but I was pretty excited about it. I planted some tubs of dirt on my patio and have tried to keep really low expectations for yield since I'm a novice. Anyway, getting a salad of greens that I grew from seed seems completely magic to me. It was exciting. We had it with the balsamic vinaigrette using white balsamic vinegar. Nature amazes me.

3 comments:

  1. Just wondering if you like the new CSA? I'm considering joining and would like to chat about your experience.

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  2. I am actually doing all my produce shopping at the Farmer's Market these days. I did like the quality and variety of CSA California but I feel like I get more bang for my buck if I do it myself at the FM because I'm getting exactly what my menu plan called for instead of trying to use all of the produce up before the next week. Also, I don't buy all organic when I'm at the FM. I feel like pesticide-free is good enough in general. So, I'm not sure that I'd be saving money if I bought all the same stuff they'd deliver, organically at the FM.

    My only real complaint about CSA California is that they're essentially a delivery service. They function as a middle man because they use several different farms. Philosophically, I'd rather give my money directly to the farmer. It took some of my excitement about being in a csa away when I realized I wasn't dealing directly with a farm.

    I have also tried South Central Farmer's coop (http://scfcoop.southcentralfarmers.com/). They give you a ton of food for the price and the pickup was close to my house. But it's all veggies except during melon season and I found I was spending a lot extra buying fruit at the FM each weekend. We did eat a lot better when I had so much kale to use up though so I may go back with them this winter.

    Mostly, I decided I was going to the FM every week anyway for our raw milk pickup so I thought I may as well just do all of my grocery shopping there. Since we have a two year old, it gets pretty hectic trying to get my full shopping list at the FM so I'm not completely happy with the routine, but it's working for now. I would eventually like to find a csa that works for what we like to eat and that I can get behind philosophically but I haven't found it in my price range yet.

    I have been impressed with Tierra Miguel (http://www.tierramiguelfarm.org/csa-about.htm). My friend got a sample box from them last month. They practice biodiversity and have fruit and veggies in their csa. But it's not enough to get us thru a week. I'd have to buy two boxes worth to make it and I'm not wanting to spend $50 a week on produce.

    Hope this helped. I'd love to know what you end up doing and how it works out.

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  3. Update: I'm signing up for csaca again. I want to experiment with a no-menu plan month. We'll see how it goes.

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